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Frances Greville

Female - Bef 1633


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  • Name Frances Greville 
    Gender Female 
    Died Bef 10 May 1633  [1, 2
    Alternate death Bef 1635  [3
    Person ID I28104  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of LMH
    Last Modified 12 Nov 2021 

    Family 1 Nathaniel West,   b. 30 Nov 1592,   d. Bef Feb 1624, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 31 years) 
    Married 1621  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2021 
    Family ID F21678  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Abraham Peirsey,   b. of Maidstone, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 16 Jan 1628, Peirsey's Hundred, south side of the James River, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Between 1625 and 1626  [1, 4
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2021 
    Family ID F16769  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Samuel Mathews,   d. Bef Mar 1658, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Aft 24 Mar 1628  [1, 3, 5
    Children 
    +1. Francis Mathews,   b. Between 24 Mar 1628 and 1634,   d. Bef 16 Feb 1675, York County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years)
     2. Samuel Mathews, Governor of Virginia,   b. Abt 1629,   d. Jan 1660, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 31 years)
    Last Modified 12 Nov 2021 
    Family ID F16766  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • An unnamed writer on her WikiTree page notes the various theories that have been ventured about her origins.

      She could not have been the Frances Greville who was daughter of Giles Greville of Lymington (who appears in the 1623 visitation of Gloucestershire), because that Francis married (1) Giles Backhouse in Charlton Kings, Gloucestershire in 1636, and (2) Walter Currier in the same place in 1654.

      She was also not the daughter of Edward Greville of Nazing, Essex and his wife Jane Grey. Edward was a brother of Fulk Greville (1535-1606), who was in some way related to the wife of William Tracy, with which couple Frances Greville arrived in Virginia in 1620 on the Supply. (John Frederick Dorman, citation details below, says that Fulke Greville was an uncle of William Tracy's wife.) But the Frances Greveille who was born to Edward Greville and Jane Grey, born in 1578, married John Chamberlain.

      The Wikitree writer concludes: "Another possibility for Frances's parents is the spendthrift and ultimately destitute Sir Edward Greville of Milcote and wife Joan Bromley (married 1583). This Edward Greville, second cousin and neighbor of the above-mentioned Fulk Greville, had seven daughters, three of whom never married (presumably for lack of dowries). (The names of his seven daughters are given in this old Greville genealogy. Could there have been an eighth daughter Frances who escaped a life of impoverished spinsterhood by accompanying her kinswoman, Mary (Conway) Tracy (sister-in-law of Eleanor (Greville) Conway, daughter and sister of Fulk Greville, Sr. and Jr. to Virginia?"

  • Sources 
    1. [S6108] Adventurers of Purse and Person: Virginia 1607-1624/5. Fourth edition, ed. John Frederick Dorman. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2004-07.

    2. [S6119] Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers 1607-1635: A Biographical Dictionary by Martha W. McCartney. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2007., year only.

    3. [S142] Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families by Douglas Richardson. Salt Lake City, 2013.

    4. [S142] Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families by Douglas Richardson. Salt Lake City, 2013., says "about 1626".

    5. [S6119] Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers 1607-1635: A Biographical Dictionary by Martha W. McCartney. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2007.